What does 'rank protected' mean in Fortnite?

What does 'rank protected' mean in Fortnite?
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Written by 

Daniel Megarry


10th Apr 2024 16:08

The first time I saw the 'rank protected' message appear in Fortnite, I wasn't quite sure what it meant, or what I'd done to earn that little bonus.

I'd been eliminated about 10 seconds after landing on the map, so it wasn't exactly a strong showing, and I don't think my matches from the previous day were any better. Fortunately, there's a simple explanation for why this message appears.

What does 'rank protected' mean?

If you see the 'rank protected' message appear in Fortnite, that means you haven't lost any points for your mediocre performance. This only applies to your first Ranked match of the day, so after that, you're on your own.

In a tweet shared on October 23, 2023, the official Fortnite Status account announced the Daily Ranked Loss Protection feature and confirmed that "your first match will not reduce your Ranked progress if you performed poorly".

Don't worry, there's no shame in having an off day - how do you think I found out about this feature?

How do you protect your rank in Fortnite?

Every player gets Daily Ranked Loss Protection for the first match of the day, regardless of your current rank, so it's a good idea to just play one Ranked match a day and you'll never have to worry about doing badly and going down a rank.

I'd recommend doing this for as long as you need while you get your bearings with Ranked mode, as the competition is often a lot fiercer than in regular Battle Royale mode. This is because everyone is gunning to win, rather than just having fun with their friends.

Daily Ranked Loss Protection resets at 5PM PT / 8PM ET / 1AM BST every day, although when I played today I saw the 'rank protected' message for two matches in a row, which was unexpected. Maybe they just felt sorry for me.

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Daniel Megarry
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Daniel Megarry
Daniel is GGRecon’s Deputy Guides Editor. He graduated from university with a degree in Journalism & English Language before covering video games and LGBTQ+ culture at publications including Gay Times and Dexerto. His favourite games include Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, and anything Nintendo. You can reach him on [email protected].
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